Brant 4-H Association

We are a proud group of volunteers dedicated to providing the 4-H program to youth in Brant. 

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4-H is a youth development leadership program for ages 6-21 from urban and rural areas.  The Brant 4-H Association is pleased to offer Cloverbuds (ages 6-8), and 4-H program (ages 9-21).  Volunteers are always welcome.

Please note: the Brant border hopper fee is $20.00.  Please contact Elaine Elgie with any questions at brant4h.programmanger@gmail.com

Brant 4-H is an organization of leaders building leaders. There are 4-H clubs in every county of Ontario and in every 4-H community, there are a variety of events beyond the club level in which members and/or volunteers can become involved.

4-H Ontario’s “Learn To Do By Doing” approach has provided 4-H youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable leadership and life skills.

2022 Membership Fees can be paid by going to www.4-hontario.ca Click become a member. Any questions can be sent to brant4h.programmanager@gmail.com



4-H Age: 9 – 21 years old (as of January 1st, 2022)

Please contact leaders of associated club if you wish to sign up.

Pasta Club -LAP   Hybrid online/virtual

If you LOVE pasta, this club is for you! In this club, members will make homemade pasta sauce, pasta salad, and pasta soup, as well as classic pasta dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and fettuccine alfredo. We will even make pasta from scratch and art from pasta noodles.

This club will have six online meetings that will be emailed out every two weeks starting on Friday May 27. Our achievement will be to make a pasta meal of your choice for your family. We will have one optional Zoom meeting on July 8 at 5:30 pm where we will make a pasta supper together.

Please let us know if you have any allergies.

Leaders Emily Summerhayes emily.summerhayes19@gmail.com

Betty Summerhayes betty.summerhayes@gmail.com

Scott Archer rscottarcher@gmail.com

Jasmine Gillyatt  jasmine.gillyatt@gmail.com

Best of Bakery -hybrid

Have you ever gone into a bakery, looked at all the delicious food, and thought I wish I could make that? Well in this club, you can learn how! In this virtual/ online hybrid club, members will try their hand at making bread, cinnamon rolls, muffins, coffee cake, pies, tarts, cheesecake, cupcakes, and cookies. This club will start on January 28, 2022 and a new meeting will be emailed out every two weeks. Each meeting will have a video to watch showcasing some baking tips and tricks. There will be one introductory zoom meeting on Thursday February 3 @ 7 pm.

Please email Emily.summerhayes19@gmail.combetty.summerhayes@gmail.comrscottarcher@gmail.comjasmine.gillyatt@gmail.com to signup. Let us know if you have any food allergies or sensitivities and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Mtg 1: January 28 -February 10

Mtg 2: February 11 -February 24

Mtg 3: February 25- March 10

Mtg 4: March 11- March 24

Mtg 5: March 25- April 7

Mtg 6: April 8- April 21

Achievement: April 22- May 5

Optional introductory zoom meeting: Thursday February 3 @ 7 pm


AG AWARENESS – “Growing Ag Awareness” – In-personFrom seed to plant, vegetables to your plate. Learn about and grow your own vegetable garden while sharing your growing challenges and success with the public at our raised garden bed display at the Paris Fair.We are very excited to be partnering with Farm and Food Care and the Paris Agricultural Society for this project!

  • – Meet in-person
  • – Build raised garden bed at the fair grounds
  • – Start plants from seed
  • – Keep a garden journal
  • – Learn about the soilLeaders: Karen Condon karenjc24@yahoo.com Tammy Oswick to13new@gmail.com Michelle Van Laeken michelle.vanlaeken@gmail.com1st Meetings Date: Thursday, March 31st; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Paris Fair groundsMeetings: 2 – 6 will spread out over the growing season with flexible dates based on the weather and memberavailabilityAchievement: at the Paris Fair (Labour Day weekend) *Members will be required to spend some time at the Paris Fair educating and sharing with the public about where their food comes from and personal challenges and success in the garden.
  • Fine ART* (*ages 14 & up) – VirtualA chance to practice different techniques, create 2-D and 3-D art and hone your individual art skills. This club is for ages 14 plus, but all skill levels welcome. There will be five Zoom meetings. Each will offer a short lesson and project to do on your own following the lesson. This will be followed by an 8:30 pm show and tell of what you did.Mediums will include pencil, pen, pencil crayon, sculpture and homemade water colours.Leaders: Scott Archer rscottarcher@gmail.com & Betty Summerhayes betty.summerhayes@gmail.comEmily Summerhayes emily.summerhayes19@gmail.com 519 484-2413 Zoom Meetings Dates: Thursdays: April 28, May 26, June 23, July 7 & August 11 Zoom Meeting Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pmAchievement: Entry in the 4-H Virtual Art Show or your local fair ***********************************************ARTS & CRAFTS – Hybrid – Online & 1 VirtualLooking for a chance to use your creative skills? Do you enjoy taking everyday objects and making something new and unique? This club will explore a different type of arts and crafts each meeting. Topics include: fabric art; nature inspired; upcycling; paper/magazine art; recycling; and colour experiments. Each meeting will consist of information about the technique being used, links to videos to watch and multiple art and craft projects to make. Each meeting will feature several craft projects and an art project so you can choose what you want to do based on the supplies you have in your home. Open to all ages and skill levels. Members will need to provide their own supplies for the projects.Leaders: Scott Archer rscottarcher@gmail.com & Betty Summerhayes betty.summerhayes@gmail.comEmily Summerhayes emily.summerhayes19@gmail.com 519 484-2413Meetings emailed out: on a Friday, beginning May 6th and will have 2 weeks to complete the meeting and return photosof what they have made. There will be 1 Zoom meeting May 5th at 7 pmZoom Meeting: May 5th at 7 pmAchievement: to perform a random act of crafting. Make a craft or art piece to give away to someone!**********************************************

BEEF – Hybrid – In-personLeaders: Ron Eadie readie@contrans.com 519 647-3961

Mark Eddy markwseddy@gmail.com 519 442-5801Meeting Dates: 2nd Tuesday each month April – August; plus – Judging Night – 1st Meeting: is Virtual April 12th – planning for the club meetingsLocation: meeting 2 – 6 at various host farms around the countyAchievement: Brant 4-H Beef Show – Saturday, September 3rd


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – BELL HOMESTEAD Club – In-personBrant 4-H is very fortunate to have the opportunity to develop a very successful partnership with the Bell Homestead, National Historic Site for a Community Involvement Club.The Bell Homestead is also a very important part of Our Heritage in Brant.This is your opportunity to get behind the museum ropes! Members will learn about the history of the Bell Homestead as well as the Bell family. Members will learn to research and think as historical interpreters. Each member will choose a room to learn the historical facts with the assistance of the Homestead’s Educational Co-ordinator to present to tour guests during the Mother’s Day Tea, May 8th. Members will also dress in period clothing for the tours. Public speaking skills developed.Leaders: Lesleigh Elgie lesleigh.elgie@gmail.com

Elaine Elgie sled1@sympatico.caMeeting Dates: Mondays – March 30th, April 6, 13, 20 &27; May 4 Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pmAchievement: Sunday, May 8th tours during/at the Mother’s Day Tea


DAIRY – Junior (9 -13* as of Jan. 1st, 2022) – In-person Topic: Health and NutritionLeaders: Valerie Stone 519 732-1928 valstone18@hotmail.com

Gord Vellenga 519 753-1522 dairyfarmergord@gmail.comMeeting Dates: 1st Wednesday of the month April – AugustFirst Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 6thTime: 7 pmLocations: various host farms around the countyAchievement: Brant 4-H Dairy Achievment Show at the Paris Fair – Friday, September 2nd


DAIRY – Senior (14* & up as of Jan. 1st, 2022) – In-person Leaders: Terry Green 519 759-3845 tgreen@sympatico.caMeeting Dates: 2nd Wednesday each month May – August1st Meeting: Wednesday, May 11th

Location: various host farms around the countyAchievement: Brant 4-H Dairy Achievement Show at the Paris Fair – Friday, September 2nd


GARDENING – Growing Giant Vegetables – Grow it Big at Home – VirtualHave you ever looked at those giant pumpkins at the fair and thought: “Wow. I’d like to try growing one of those!”Here is your chance. At each meeting members will learn about growing giant vegetables and what they need to bedoing each month to care for their plants. Members must have an area to be able to plant and grow their plants. Seeds will be mailed to members.*Maximum 25 members

Sponsored by: the Giant Vegetable Growers of Ontario

Leaders: Scott Archer rscottarcher@gmail.com & Betty Summerhayes betty.summerheyes@gmail;.com

Emily Summerhayes emily.summerhayes19@gmail.com 519 484-2413Zoom Meetings Dates: Thursdays – April 21; May 19; June 16; July 21; August 18 & September 29

Achievement: will be to exhibit your biggest pumpkin, and/or longest zucchini and/or the larges sunflower head at a club competition held virtually or at the Burford Fair on Thanksgiving weekend (Covid dependent).


GOAT – In-person**2nd Leader required for this club to run!**Please contact Sarah for more details and requirements regarding the Goat ClubLeaders: Sarah Hamilton sarahjaynehammy@hotmail.comDates & Time: tbdAchievement: Goat Show at the Paris Fair – either Saturday, September 3rd or Sunday, September 4th to be decided by the fair committee.


Hiking – A Walk on the Wildside – In person*Maximum 18 membersThe club will be focusing on: Hiking Skills – What should you always be carrying with you – How do you find trail markers! We will be exploring trails in around Brant County and if members/parents agree we may go outside the county. No planned fees at this point but if we do go the Bruce Trail there may be a nominal fee of $10.Leaders: Sarah Hamilton sarahjaynehammy@hotmail.com

Pam Charlton tpcharlton@kwic.comMeeting Dates: Saturdays – April 30; May 28; June 25; July 23; August 27; October 1 Time: 9 am – 11 amLocation: various locations in & around Brant CountyAchievement: tbd


QUILTING – In person

We welcome novice/beginner members! Novice & new to quilting club members will work on a project at their skill

level. Quilt tops will be machine pieced & tied to complete your quilt. Members will learn how to properly use rotary

cutters & rulers along with many other good quilting practices.

**Members must bring to each meeting their own sewing machine (in good running order) & KNOW HOW to

operate their machine (thread, wind & replace bobbin, have tension set correctly); along with their own sewing kit:

thread snips, flower head quilting pins, good quality stitch ripper.

If you have your own rotary cutter, ruler & cut mat – please bring with you.

All members provide their own new 100% cotton fabric & thread for their project.

Returning members, we will choose our project for 2022 to complete to continue to develop & challenge your quilting

skills. We/the leader have sent you an email with ideas/suggestions & looking for your input.

Leaders: Lori DeJong 519 442-1251 pdejong@rogers.comElaine Elgie 519 756-4515 sled1@sympatico.ca Lesleigh Elgie 519 761-1496 lesleigh.elgie@gmail.com Amy Quinn punchwich@yahoo.ca

Meeting Dates: Mondays – March 28, April 4, 11 & 25; May 9, 16 & 30; June 6, 13, (20) & 27 Times: Monday’s 6:30 pm – 9 pmLocation: Bethel Stone United Church, Bethel Rd. ParisAchievement: Completed projects


SCRAPBOOKING – Brant – Niagara – Hybrid – online & 3 virtualTopic – Scrapbook/document your 4-H year! It is time to get your photos off your devices and into a scrapbook. Members are welcome to use photos from your current 4-H year or from a past 4-H year. Many of you who completed on-line & virtual clubs, as well as Photography Clubs in 2020 & 2021 had to submit photos of your club work – you already have photos.All skill levels welcome from beginners to those who have dabbled in scrapbooking or who are die-heart scrapbookers. Meetings will introduce/review scrapbooking techniques and good scrapbooking practices.Members will need to provide their own supplies & printed photos.3 virtual meetings are planned to learn scrapbooking techniques, as well as a show & tell time; with 6 emailed meeting activities sent out at approximately 3 week intervals beginning April 22nd; club completing by Thanksgiving 2022. Leaders: Elaine Elgie sled1@sympatico.ca Ann Marie Chechalk chechalk@outlook.comMeetings emailed out: on a Friday, beginning April 22nd and will have 3 weeks to complete the meeting and return

photos of your completed 2 page lay out from that meetings activities Zoom Meetings: Fridays – April 29th, June 17th & September 16th Achievement: Completed 2 page lay out entered in your local fair


SHEEP … – In PersonIf you are interested learning more about sheep – breeds, breeding, feed, health & nutrition, marketing, fitting & showing Leaders: Jim Groves vangrosfarms@yahoo.caMeeting Dates/Location: tbd, upon show of interest in the clubAchievement: Monday, September 5th – Brant 4-H Sheep Club Achievement


The CLOVERBUD Program for youth ages 6 – 8 (as of January 1st, 2022) Eligible birth years = 2013, 2014 & 2015

2 – 3 Leaders* are NEEDED to lead Cloverbuds in Brant

(*minimum of 2 leaders required at each meeting)

Contact: brant4h.programmanager@gmail.com if interested

Cloverbud Membership fee same as a 4-H member For the calendar year

The Cloverbud program runs independently of the 4-H program

A different 4-H topic at each meeting


typically meeting the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month February to November When in person 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm @ Bethel Stone United Church, Paris

Contact brant4h.programmanager@gmail.com or leaders for more information or to sign up

The Brant 4-H membership fee for 2022 is $110 (Jan-Dec). This breaks down as follows:

  • $95 paid directly to 4-H Ontario is the provincial membership fee set by the 4-H Ontario Council.
  • $10 is generously supported by the Brant Federation of Agriculture to help run the 4-H program inBrant.
  • $5 balance is payable to Brant 4-H directly.Please forward the individual membership fee balance of $5 through E-transferto brantcounty4h@gmail.com or by sending a cheque to Brant 4-H, P.O. Box # 28107 Brantford ON N3R 7X5 ******Brant Border Hopper fee $20. for the calendar. Can be paid by – E-transfer to brantcounty4h@gmail.com or by sending a cheque to Brant 4-H, P.O. Box # 28107 Brantford ON N3R 7X5All clubs, especially those with limited/maximum number of members – Brant 4-H members given membership priorityBorder hoppers may have to go on a waiting list

Come prepared & on time to meetings!

Bring your project book ~ pen/pencil ~ note book ~ materials required

Opportunities ~ Camps ~ Conferences ~ Scholarships

Check out the January 2022 of the 4-H Ontario Leadership in Action magazine- Resource Guide – for all the details, registration fees, deadlines & more …Get your registrations in as soon as possible! Watch for deadlines

Mark on your 2022 Calendar ~ for member newsletters and social media for dates & details

– Brant 4-H Family Event to pick up of 2021 Awards & Recognitions – tbd Local GO FOR THE GOLD Competition – tbdRegion 4 GO FOR THE GOLD Competition – tbdBrant 4-H JUDGING NIGHT – tbd

PARIS FAIR – Wednesday, August 31st – Monday, September 5th – 2022Wednesday, August 31st – 4-H Exhibit Boards to the fair; as well as other exhibits to the fair

Send email to region4@4-hontario.ca to register. Minimum 7 days in advance.







Elaine Elgie


Contact Brant 4-H Association